I don't like the default finder navigation shortcuts command-up, command-down because you need to press 2 buttons instead of 1. On windows, delete leads to previous folder ("back") and enter enters the folder instead of renaming it like on the mac.

I have already tried in system preferences but mac os won't let me enter delete or enter as a valid shortcut key.


  • With a trackpad, swiping with three-finger to left and right goes to previous folder (in history, not the enclosing folder). For me, those are usually even faster than keyboard shortcuts. – beroe Aug 21 '14 at 18:43

Check out Keyboard Maestro http://www.keyboardmaestro.com/, it should do what you want. I know it is not exactly cheap for a utility app, but it does a provide a huge amount power beyond simple key remapping, and it has proven to be stable across many Mac OS X versions.

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